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The Red House

Published 1947

"Middle-aged farmer goes to extreme lengths to protect the dark secret associated with a deserted house on his property. Murky psychological thriller with resonant settings and an emotive Miklos Rozsa score." - noir expert Spencer Selby

Producer Sol Lesser
Production Company United Artists
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: Blairsart - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2016
Subject: Exciting story
I'll be honest I wasn't expecting much but then the movie sucked me right in. it was fantastic! Great shots of the countryside & the story was exciting. Well worth the view!
Reviewer: eggbone - favoritefavorite - March 4, 2016
Edward G. was his usually excellent self. The film...not so much. I do not believe that this is really film noir. Suspense-yes; drama-yes;well developed characters-not really; no real femme fatale. It just does not fit the genre'
Reviewer: Hank9000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2010
Subject: Eerily compelling
This remains one of my film noir favorites. The acting from everyone but Robinson is above average (there are a few stilted moments), but Robinson is great. As others have said, the cinematography is wonderful, both in the close work and in those moody long shots of the landscape. Put this on a DVD and you'll watch it over and over.
Reviewer: Zeugitai - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2009
Subject: coulda been shoulda been
Yes, this could have and should have been better, and shorter, but it is still worth watching. It is long, but doesn't feel that long. Allene Roberts is striking. There are scenes, images, and moments that redeem the film; and parts that drag or fail to ring true. The music is good, if intrusive. It, too, isn't the worst you'll ever hear in a 40s "noir." The performances of everyone, except the character Nath, are good. The story is disappointing. All told, it hangs together to be marginally worthwhile.
Reviewer: Vint - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2009
Subject: Worth Watching
An interesting if not always convincing story that was well cast and well performed. It's worth watching just for the ambience. Love him or hate him, Robinson is always a compelling screen presence. Julie London is also very compelling in a very different way. Allene Roberts combines a sweet innocence with an evocative if unexplored sexuality as exhibited in the scene where the hero climbs into her bedroom. You have the feeling that she wants something to happen even if the "hero" doesn't have a clue. Don't be surprised men,if you wish you could take his place.

The movie is probably not up to Twenty-First Century tastes in many ways but it is an evocative look back at a very different time.
Reviewer: blkandwhtlady - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2009
Subject: The Red House Great!
Here is a perfect example why Edward G. lived his whole life as a movie star from the 20's to the 70's. Perfect performance! Great supporting actress (his sister) you may remember her as Mrs. Danvers in "Rebecca". Super cinematography and score, just an A+ film.
Reviewer: keygrip - favoritefavorite - August 21, 2009
Subject: A movie to pass the time on a rainy day
Anything with Edward worth a look and this is a mildly entertaining piece of hokum,strictly for fans of the great man . Judith Anderson has little to do and the rest of the cast is uninspiring.
Reviewer: hillbilly&possums - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2009
Subject: great movie
loved this movie. this was the first black and white movie i watched as a teenager i was sucked in the whole time.
Reviewer: my_closeup_Mr.D - favorite - March 21, 2009
Subject: Gimme a clothespin.... i can put it on my nose. I usually love all things "Noir," but not this. The best part was the narrator's intro, where he describes the back roads and hidden paths, etc...Sounds interesting at the beginning and makes you want to see the movie.After that, forget it. Another other thing I hate is seeing Edward G. Robinson playing an old demented fart, stumbling around in big pants. He was too cool for that. Another such stink bomb starring Eddie G., is Scarlet Street.
Reviewer: Ella_Greggs - favorite - March 7, 2009
Subject: A Long, Loud, Predictable Dud
Plodding and predictable at any running time, 140 minutes is inexcusablely long. The "mystery" is so obvious, the viewer will solve it the moment it is first mentioned. You can also see the ending coming a mile away for all the characters, main and supporting. (Dame) Judith Anderson is kind of likeable, for a change, but Edward G. has done far better work elsewhere. Everyone else is cardboard. The blaring score is not "emotive," as Spencer Selby declares. Rather, it is over-the-top, self-important and LOUD - the musical equivalent to being mugged. The cinemotography is also thoroughly pedestrian. MadPig is right - don't waste your neurons.
Reviewer: madpigmadpig - favorite - February 8, 2009
Subject: I'm never watching another Edward G. Robinson movie
Grace Metalious meets (60's era) Alfred Hitchcock in this dreadfully common piece of tripe. As this movie takes up room in the viewer's brain which could have been used for something of value, the sensation that you can feel individual neurons dying at an exponential rate is the only inkling of suspense or fear that will be gained from suffering through this movie.
Reviewer: Searchlight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2008
Subject: good movie .
The acting in this movie is very good.
Edward G Robinson as the farmer and Julie
London as the boy's sexy girlfriend is worth the price admission.The strange thing is, the only person
I didn't"like" was the lead actor as the hero.He
was too unbelievable to be a real person.The rest are true professionals.
Reviewer: Matthow - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2007
Subject: Worth a look (and a restoration)
The acting, cinematography, and music are superb in this melodrama/noir-ish thriller. Julie London & Allene Roberts are stunningly beautiful as the female leads. The Oxhead woods seem to be a Freudian dream-double for psychological torment and repressed memories (and sexuality), but I'm no psychiatrist. Unfortunately, this print looks and sounds like it went through a mangler. The other unfortunate aspect is the length of the movie. It's easily 20 minutes too long and suffers from an anti-climax, I concocted incredibly convoluted and twisted explanations for the mystery before the solution was revealed; but in the end the obvious (and actual) explanation was underwhelming. That being said, this is a unique film that has beautiful, haunting moments that may remind you of being stalked by Robert Mitchum in "Night of the Hunter" or hiding in the shadows from Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird," but ultimately this lives up to neither film.
Reviewer: someguy2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2007
Subject: great!
That cinematography is awesome. Does the performances & emotional story justice.
Can't fake that today, though many have tried. Like trying to fake a tube-amp. :)

Maybe it was the times, too. Something magic about a 40's-flick sky.. (maybe that you can SEE it), everybody for a hundred miles knew everybody else, etc.

but YIKES! that 'g-bye mom' kiss was right out of Ferris Bueller!

Another great flick discovered through
Thank you!
Reviewer: lharper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2007
Subject: I wish there were half stars
I liked this movie. I only wish it didn't drag so much in parts - especially towards the end. The acting, plot and filming were all very good to exceptional. Unfortunately, I just just the feeling that it could have used a bit more editing.

If there were half stars i would have taken half away for the useless subplots the the main character dude's other girlfriend and their relationship and the other useless subplot of the dude with the rifle and his mysterious bank bonds.

Maybe I missed something very important when I went to get some tea.

I nearly forgot.... There is a very disturbing scene where this guy kisses his mother goodbye. Doesn't sound so bad till you see it.
Reviewer: beirwer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2007
Subject: I think I'll re-paint my house.
Another true masterpiece. Edward Robinson does an excellent job with this character. I found that any discord, over seeing him in such a different role, only enhanced the effect of the character's derangement that he was playing in the first place. Many other story elements "get inside" in the same way. The use of light and shadow, silence and sound, almost make this more of a horror story. When the girl Meg sees the red house for the first time she doesn't say a word, she barely moves, but you know that she knows she's been there before. The rest of the main players are solid as well, especially Judith Anderson as the his-sister/her-mother character Ellen. A great semi-noir, atmospheric thriller.
Reviewer: specs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2007
Subject: the red house is lost in the maze.
I had to search for over twenty minutes in IA's confusing maze of films. I found it and to save time and trouble IA, put it under Edward G. Robinson"s films along with the film The Stranger and Scarlett Street. After trying numerous downloads and burnings (MPEG 2&1 failed).
I settled on 256 k. Not the best fromat but it went through. It was worth the wait. Could you post the trailer on this film. "What is the mystery of The Red House". Watch it and see.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2007
Subject: The star comes first
When the dircetor and producer put the star's name on the screen first; be careful.
As it turns out, it's actually a pretty good movie.
Reviewer: b11761500s - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2007
Subject: A Gem
I saw this movie in 1947 or 1948 as a 7 or 8 year old boy. I only remembered the ending. So, it was a joy to discover it again. I had no idea it was such a finely crafted movie. It gave Robinson a chance to excel. The rest of the cast gave fine performances. The editing, photography, and directing are superb.
Reviewer: terracesider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2007
Subject: Must see film:
Edward G. Robinson turns in one of his greatest performances, the work of a master craftsman and artist at the peak of his powers. Obviously he has a dark secret but: did it happen to his character or to somebody else;is his horror real or imagined; is he sane or mad? Robinson conveys all these possibilities in turn, as though he is deliberately toying with the audience. We are none the wiser till quite late in the film.

As Arnesky implies, below, Robinson gets the direction and photography his performance deserves. There is also solid support throughout.

Five stars and then some.
Reviewer: Loud Orange Cat Productions - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2007
Subject: A classic!
I've owned a VHS copy of this movie since the early '90s but wore it out.

I'm very happy this has appeared on, it's a masterpiece.
Reviewer: migwell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2007
Subject: A Gem!
I got the MPEG 1 of this fine film and had no sound problems at all. Visually the print, although in good condition, is quite dark and a lot of action takes place at night in the woods, so its a 'lights out' feature, which only adds to the spooky atmosphere.

On the negative side, this film is long, a bit melodramatic in parts and the story creaks a bit, but superb acting and an almost unrelenting tension keeps you locked in rapt attentiveness throughout. A young Julie London and Rory Calhoun fill in bit parts admirably and Edward G. is masterful. Check it out. (Caught this description on IMDB... Farm Noir!)
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2006
Subject: Watch this!
An excellent movie. See other reviews for why.

I downloaded the mpeg1 file but couldn't stand the noisy audio so I tried the mpeg4. While the video quality is much lower, the sound is good enough.
Reviewer: Arensky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2006
Subject: Is the seat of your pants stuck to the chair?
This is a mystery that will keep you glued to your seat. Family secrets abound -- red herrings swim by in virtual schools. Edward G. Robinson is at his best in the kind of film he should have been making all along -- at least after he completed "Little Caesar." Marvelously written, directed and photographed, "The Red House" will more than satisfy even the most disciminating mystery lover. I gave it five stars, but it deserves 10.
Reviewer: twainbough - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2006
Subject: Great Film, Great Cast, Beautiful to Look At!
The Red House, a title as simplistic as the plot is deep, this film is definetaly as close to FIVE STARS as a film can be without being five stars. The women are absolutely gorgeous. The fact the film is black and white only makes them more alluring. A starring role for Edward G. Robinson. A beautiful Julie London and Judith Anderson, vying for the attention of a hard-working country boy. The beauty of the cast is only the begining of what makes this film spectacular. The secrets are many, and they mount up quickly. You may think you know the answers right off, then you find out you only knew a few. There are easy secrets to guess, but the hard ones will come at you like a punch in the gut. Then, there are the implications. Most of which won't be addressed by the movie. But they titilate the mind. At one hour, forty minutes, The Red House is not a quick flick. You really need to sit down and watch this one. But you won't be disappointed. Of that, I guarantee.
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